Project: With the ongoing use of mobile applications for scientific field research, there has been a great increase in the number of applications being produced for different scientific projects and research. Some of them offer data manipulation, that is to say, the applications provide modes and tools for citizen scientists for statistical inference while others provide data storage and sharing with the scientific community. However, the production of these applications cost the citizen scientist community loads of capital and the maintenance and time required for the optimum operation of these applications doesn’t ease the process. Lapis Guides offers a solution!
Lapis Guides is a mobile application readily available on both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store offering the citizen science community a new way of developing the applications required for their individual projects. Lapis Guides allows scientists to make customized mini-apps that can be used for every project type. The application allows the community to make applications suitable for any data acquisition project that might require sharing and cloud storage.
Lapis Guides currently has mini-applications available for butterflies, birds and petroglyphs and the developers are working on launching applications for science projects related to plant phenology, macro invertebrate sampling and the collection of flora and fauna samples. Lapis Guides allows citizen scientists to view hundreds of entries within the application’s database that contain information related to different species of butterflies and birds – information like flight-time, elevation of flight, life-cycles and their role in the ecosystem and their respective food chains.
The application is available on the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that operate on iOS versions 9.0 and above. The Android version of the application requires Android v4.1 and above.